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Hadjer Messabih

Research student, Welsh School of Architecture

Hadjer is a PhD student at the Welsh School of Architecture, who is awarded a postgraduate scholarship sponsored by the Algerian government and the Ministry of Higher Education to pursue her studies in the UK.

Her choices of undergraduate and postgraduate studies were influenced by her eagerness to try everything new. She gained research experience in various areas. She obtained her Master’s degree in Language Sciences and Didactics of English from the University of Oran, Algeria in 2016, and her Bachelor’s degree in 2014 was in History and Civilization at the same university.

She was enrolled in Pre-Sessional programme in Academic English and Research Skills for PhD Study at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, Kent in 2016.

Although she has worked in different areas, she has always been enthralled by the world of architecture which developed due to her passion for history.

She examined, in her undergraduate studies, two artistic styles in Victorian Britain: Architecture and Fashion. She was impressed by the diversity and complexity of those styles that flourished in Great Britain and spread all over the world, and that is why she thought it would be the right time to shed light on Islamic architectural heritage in Algeria.

Selected publications

  • Bachelor’s thesis: "Artistic Styles in Victorian Britain: Architecture and Fashion", Algeria, 2014
  • Master's thesis: "Teaching Idiomatic Expressions to EFL Learners: case study Undergraduate students in the Department of English of Oran, Algeria", 2016


The Expression of Culture in Islamic City: The case of the Casbah of Algiers and the Ksar of Ghardaia

Her PhD research lies in the interdisciplinary field of History, Architecture and Culture. The focus of the current study is to investigate the expression of culture in Islamic city and how the identity of the Ottoman and Ibadite community is clearly manifested This study, also, raises an essential point about the diversity of the Islamic architectural and cultural heritage in Algeria through these two cases.